Colony Courier (Colony, Okla.), Vol. 6, No. 30, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 15, 1915 Page: 2 of 8
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THE COLONY COURIER
S3 APPRAISERS NAMED TO AS-
SIST IN SCHOOL LAND SELL*
OKLAHOMA CITY NEWS EVENTS
What the State Officiale and Depart
menta Are Doing.—Itema of In
terest About the 8tate
With the appointment
three appraisers and an expert auc-
tioneer, the state school land commis-
sion completed Its preparations for
the big task of selling several million
acres of school lands in the next two
years. To defray the expenses neces-
sarily connected with this enormous
selling campaign the legislature has
appropriated f 100,000 which is at the
disposal of the land commissioners.
The appraisers will begin work imme-
Two members of the legislature are
Included in the list of appraisers se-
lected by the commission from 171 ap-
plicants. They are Amos Ewing of
Outbrie, and Frank Carpenter of
The new force of appraisers will be
employed for one year, according to
the commissions issued. Each will
receive a salary of $1,600 a year and
expanses. By keeping secret the fact
that It was to meet for the purpose of
naming the big number of school land
officers, the board kept an expected
throng of applicants away. It was
feared the governor's office would be
The following Is a list of the ap-
Dan Peer, Taloga, auctioneer.
George Clark, Chandler.
Geprge L. Lewis, El Reno.
M. L. Alexander, Ardmore.
R. L. Ewing, Supply.
E. V. McCarthy, Enid.
Frank Carpenter, Bridgeport.
Amos Ewing, Guthrie.
Charles Hoff, Wayne.
O. H. Matthews, Tupelo.
C. L. Greer, Chickasha.
J. Whitt Johnson, Walter.
A. E. Ray, Caddo.
J. A. West, Pauls Valley.
James Brogan, Muskogee.
Sam Parks, Frederick.
R. King, Duncan.
J. D. Graves, Oklahoma City.
J. 8. McCartney, Oklahoma City.
W. W. Pierce, Watonga.
Doc Hutchinson, Cordell.
J. P. Love, Dover.
J. E. Carson, Ponca City.
. John McClain, Union City.
N. S. Davis, Tulsa.
H. M. Butler, Quinton.
W. G. D. Hines, Muskogee.
George Stone, Tecumseh.
M. C. Runyan, Norman.
R. E. Bagby, Perry.
M. M. McGee, Hollis.
John M. Carr, Okemah.
Rules to Govern Grades.
Rules and regulations governing the
annual examinations for common
school diplomas are 'telng sent out
over the Btate by the department of
education. These rules cover two
periods, the first, April 15 and 16, and
the second, May 13 and 14.
According to the regulations sent
out, the county superintendent shall
act as chairman of the examining
committee. The other members of the
committee shall be appointed by the
chairman and shall be holders of first
grade certificates. It shall be the
duty of the examining committee to
conduct the examination at such
places as the chairman shall desig-
nate. No member of the committee
shall be permitted to examine or
grade the papers of any pupil attend-
of thirty- ing.the school in which he teaches.
The committee shall meet at the
call of the chairman, examine the pa-
pers and certify the grades to the
state department of education. This
report of the grades must be made
out on the regular blank forms fur-
nished by the state department. The
names, ages, addresses, and grades
of each pupil must be given, with the
average grade, including only the suc-
cessful applicants, and these must bo
mailed to the assistant state superin-
Pupils must make a general aver-
age of seventy-five per cent with no
grade below sixty per cent. Those
failing to pass may retain all grades
of eighty-five and above, and have the
privilege of completing the remaining
branches the following year.
The complete schedule of the differ-
ent studies and the time of their ex-
amination is also given. It is also
urged by the department that ar-
rangements inay be made to present
diplomas at public school commence-
ments or at special commencements
held during tne summer normal insti-
Tick Eradication Measure la Killed,
Governor Williams, for the first time
exercised his power to kill an act of
the Fifth legislature. He Bent senate
hill No. 468 and house bill No. 364 to
Secretary of State J. L. Lyon with no
.signature attached. Both measures
had been declared unconstitutional by
Attorney General S. P. Freeling in
opinions furnished at the chief execu-
Although the governor cannot veto
a bill after the legislature has ad-
journed he can accomplish the name
purpose by refusing to approve It.
Without hie signature In fifteen days
after the adjournment it dies auto-
The senate measure provided for
hoards of county commissioners to
levy a tax for the eradication of ticks,
•nd the other sought to amend section
3445 of the revised session laws of
They All May Weigh.
When Ben Lee. public weigher of
Bryan county, enw many of the farm-
ers going past his official scales to
get their cotton weighed at the scales
of the Inland Compress Company
where no fee was charged, he secured
an injunction against such free and
promiscuous weighing. The case was
appealed from tile district court and
sledded by the supreme court.
Mr. I,ce will have to content him-
self with such fees as may happen to
full his*way, for the court held that
it was not unluwful for a compress
company or its agents to weigh with-
out charge cotton brought to it with
request that It be weighed, provided
that such compress nr its agents were
in no wise interested as dealers or
speculators in the sale or purchase of
cotton sold by weight. The decision
stated that an injunction would not
lie at the instance of the county
weigher to prevent such weighing.
Librarians To Meat May 5-6.
The Oklahomu Htute Librarians’
Association will meet here May 5 and
6. There will ho about fifty delegates
present, among which are two from
new libraries, a Carnegie library at
Frederick wlileh lias lately been given
a $10,0(10 donation, and another at
Elk City. The officers of the Asso-
ciation are: President, Mrs. Cora
Porter of Enid; secretary, Mrs. Mary
Rndford of Muskogee, and treasurer,
Miss Elisabeth Sinclair of El Iteno.
Arrangements have been completed
for thv entertainment of the delegates.
Increase in Bank Deposits.
With six less state banks reporting,
the consolidated statement of the con-
dition of banks on March 4 shows a
slight decrease in resources, but a
small Increase in individual deposits
over the statement issued as of De-
cember 8, 1914, and last previous re-
port. On December 8, the 653 banks
had $57,047,404.64 in resources, with
$41,276,932.75 individual deposits, while
the 557 banks on March 4 bad $56,-
678,458.51 resources and $41,729,446.32
individual deposits. The average re-
serve held by the banks as of Decem-
ber 8 was 30.7 per cent while that of
March 4 was 35.2 per cent. Cash In
banks decreased from $3,032,282.59 on
December 8 to $2,894,175.89 on March
4, and the undivided profits decreased
from $1,112,854.28 on December 8 to
$853,239.81 on March 4. The state-
ments as of March 4, shows:
Resources—Loans and discounts.
$33,064,379.33; overdrafts, $318,9904.06;
stocks, bonds and warrants, $3,794,-
870.19; banking house furniture and
fixtures, $1,987,676.42; other real es-
tate, $618,551.65; due from banks, $12,-
455,148.33; checks and other cash
items, $376,320.66; exchange for clear-
ing house, $148,308.10; bills of ex-
change, $931,234.88; cash In hanks,
$2,894,175.89. Total, $56,578,458.51.
Liabilities—Capital stock, $8,322,-
050; surplus, $1,3J6,913.69; undivided
profits, $853,239.81; due to lianks, $2,-
688,086.84; individual deposits, $41,-
729,446.32; cashier’s checks, $495,976,-
36; bills payable, $626,340.90; redis-
counts, $556,305.50. Total, $56,578,-
Schools Are Growing.
According to reports received from
the County Superintendents of the
State and tabulated In the office of
R. H. Wilson. State Superintendent, a
gain of 10,049 children of school age
is shown over the report of 1014. The
enumeration for that year was 675,-
021 and for 1015 is 610,070.
Ths Increase over the previous year
is pretty evenly divided over the
State. T-he showing is very pleasing
to Superintendent Wilson and indi-
cates that more attention Is being paid
by parents and county officers in the
school going population. Tim fifth
legislature just closed passed a mint
her of good school laws and witli the
application of those measures condi-
tions surrounding the school children
of the Stute will be materially im-
Aggie Attendance 2,000, Gault’s Aim.
To Increase Interest in the enroll-
ment campaign planned for the spring
Md summer, President Frank Gault of
the state hoard of agriculture has
agreed to give valuable prizes to the
two A. and M. students securing the
inrgest number of new pupils 4o enter
the college at Stillwater when the new
semester is opened in the fall. Gault
returned from Stillwater recently,
where be was the guest of Aggie stu-
dents and the Commercial Club at a
"For the most successful contestant
I’ll have a pureblood Hereford calf,
and to the student finishing In second
In the campaign I’ll give a heifer calf
of the same breed,” Gault enld. These
calves will come from Gault’s own
stock farm, and will ha highly prized
’’We hope to bring Hie actual attend-
ance »t llie A. and M Behind from
about l.oo to the 2,ooo mark before
the next term is opened,” declared
the agriculture board's head. "Un-
doubtedly, if the students work hard,
the campaign will be successful.”
6ERMAH COMMANDER INTEMS
8: 1 -MP 11 Jr
After a month of rest in Newport
News, Va., harbor, Commander Max
rhierichent has interned his ship, the
3erman privateer, Eitel Friedrich.
Four British dreadnaughts outside the
harbor influenced his decision.
WILLARD WHIPS JACK JOHNSON
NEW CHAMPION IN THE GAME
Negro Is Defeated At Havana By
tha Biggest Man That Ever
Entered the Ring.
Havana.—Jack Johnson, exile from
his own country, lost his claim to
fistic supremacy as the heavyweight
champion of the world, the title being
wrested from him by Jess Willard, the
cowboy, the biggest man who ever
entered the prize ring.
The fight scheduled for 45 rounds,
lasted for 25, when Johnson was worn
out and took tne count, the end not
being, technically, a knockout.
The fight probably has no parallel
In the history of ring battles. For
twenty rounds Johnson punched and
pounded Willard at will, but his blows
grew preceptibly less powerful as the
fight progressed until at last ne
seemed unable or unwilling to go on.
Johnson stopped leading and for three
or four rounds the battle between the
two huge men was little more than a
series of posings,
Willard was born in Kansas, but
lived most of his life in Oklahoma,
his business being an overland freight-
er at Mammon, when he entered the
ring at Oklahoma City five years agy.
He is 6ft. 6 in, weight 246 pounds,
UNCONFIRMED REPORTS SAY
TEUTON TROOPS OCCUPY
AUSTRIAN-RUSSMII PEACE TALK
But Mountain Battle* Rage Fiercely;
Egypt Ruler’s Life Endangered
By Attempt At Assina-
tion at Cairo.
London.—There are persistent ru*
mors in London that Germany either
had declared war on Holland or that
her troops had occupied that strip of
Dutch territory which extends from
the Belgian frontier on the coast to
the river Scheldt. The reports lack
confirmation and are not credited by
those who should know if either action
had been taken.
It is possible that the reports arose
from the news received in the last few
days from Dutch sources that the Ger-
mans were strengthening their posi-
tion around the Dutch frontier and
that much uneasiness prevailed at The
Hague and other Dutch cities as a re-
sult of the seizure or sinking of Dutch
steamers by German submarines.
The Dutch are strongly opposed to
intervention in the war but their army
is ready to repel any invasion of
Dutch territory, complete preparations
with that object having been made
Another diplomatic report which has
created immense interest is that from
Rome to the effect that Austria is
seeking a separate peace with Russia.
This likewise lacks confirmation and
is not credited as it is not considered
likely that Germany would be sending
reinforcements to the Carpathians it
there were any doubt of Austria,'s loy-
alty to her ally.
An attempt was made to assassinate
the sultan of Egypt, Hussein Kemil:
according to a Reuter dispatch from
Cairo. As the sultan was leaving Ab-
din palace a native fired a shot at him.
This went wild and the native was im
never tasted tobacco or liquors and
lias a wife and four children. He is
wanted in Oklahoma City for jump-
ing a line of $100 for prize fighting.
Johnson and Ills white wife have
sailed for France, where he sn.vs no
will turn farmer. He Is barred from
the United State* by a whlae slavery
indictment at Chicago, growing out
of his relations with llie Minneapolis
girl who became, and is. ills second
WhitB wife, lie received $30,000 as
a guarantee on this fight.
The crowd wlileh paid to see the
tight looked to number between 16,-
000 and 20,000. In addition fully 5,000
porNoiiH viewed the fight from the (Its-
tnnt slopes and hills, The Cubans
who made up a large percentage of
the crowd, were much excited. Many
women, both Cuban and American,
were present, as well as all the nota-
bles in the Island.
Villa Lose* 1,000 Men.
Laredo.—Advices reaching Carranza
adherents are that in a three days’
light near Los Ebanos, thirty miles
south of Tampico, Mexico. Villa forces
have Ios4 1,100 killed and about'1,000
prisoners. After a fierce battle the
Villa army was compelled to retreat,
leaving 600 dead on thr* field. The
Vllllstas returned, according to the re
port, ami after a fight lasting through
Sunday the Villa general ordered a
retreat, leaving 600 dead on the field,
llie CarmuzIaUvH taking 1,000 prison-
COMMISSIONER WELCH ACQUITTED
Court Decides It Has Insufficieg
Oklahoma City-State Insurance
Commissioner A. L. Welch was ac-
quitted on the ten articles of impeach-
ment preferred against him by the
house of representatives of the last
legislature when the senate court ol
impeachment voted 27 to 12 to sustain
a general demurrer to the evidence
introduced by the prosecution on the
ground that it was not sufficient
The Senators who voted to sustain
the demurrer were: Austin, Bickel,
Buckner, W. A. Chase, Cline, Cordell,
Davidson of Tulsa; Davidson of Mus-
kogee; Edwards, Fields, Franklin,
Hickman. Keller, Kiilam, Logan, Mc-
Alister, McIntosh, McMechan, Russell,
Shaw, Sutherlln, Tucker, Watrous,
Wilson of Canadian and Wilson ot
Dewey, Curran and Bowman. Those
who voted against it were Barrett,
Beeman, Rlasslngame, Board, R. H.
Chase, Davis, Edmonson, Mitchell.
O’Neill, Risen, Ryan and Thomas.
Ten separate charges of impeach-
able offenses were preferred against
Mr. Welch by the house Investigating
committee. These covered a wide
range of subjects, including allega-
tions that he used his official position
to advance his personal interests pnd
the interests of his friends; that he
fraudulently licensed an insurance
company to operate in the state; that
he solicited a bribe from one company
and refused to license other compan-
ies until they employed attorneys who
were friendly to him.
6ERMANY PROMISES TO SETTLE
For Eitel Friedrick’s Destruction ol
to compensate ttie owners of the
American ship Wm, P. Frye, sunk on
the high seas with her cargo of wheat
by the commerce raider Prinz Eitel
Friedrich, was formally communicated
to the United Slates government last
Ambassador Oernrd cabled a note
handed hint by ihe Berlin foreign of
flee, in reply to the recent American
ooinmunicatlon submitting a claim for
an indemnity of $228,059.54 on behalf
of the Frye's ow'ners. Germany up-
holds the legality of rhe sinking of the
Frye and liases the liability of the
German government to pay indemnity
solely upon the old Prttniian-Amerlcan
treaties of 1788 and 1823, which’ pro-
vides that contraband belonging to the
subjects or citizens of either party
cannot ho confiscated by the other and
< an only be detained and used when
full payment Ih made to tho owners.
States To Inspect Plants In Mails.
Oklahoma City.—A state may have
Hie right of protection of plant life
within their boundaries by inspocthg
of anything relative to It shipped
through the parcels post, according tc
word received by Postmaster Woavei
Inst week. This law became effective
Aprll 8. Tlu» law provide* Hint It
slmll he unlawful for tiny person ot
corporation to mull anything -through
parcels post without labeling plainly
what it rontnlned, provided II Is plain
life. Violation of till* is flueubie t<
the amount of $100.
FINE HOME FOR RAILROAD MEN
\ I-' " T
. „ • f®*1® hom® for It* employees, the Rock Island has a Y. M. C. A.
building at Haiteyville that cost more than $50,000; Secretary T. C. Straw has
Just concluded a membership campaign which brought the total to 360. Thera
are fifty-five rooms In the building. Only railway employees are given lodging
accommodations, but the dining room and reading rooms are thrown open to
the public, and ao art the religious servlaea.
THE WEEK’S NEWS
THREE BANDITS SECURE $2,015 IN
DAYLIGHT HOLDUP OF KAW
OTHER NEWS OF THE NEW STATE
Little Incidents and Accidents That
Go To Make Up a Week’s
History of a Great
Kaw City.—Three bandits, one of
them masked, held up and robbed the
Farmers National bank here, secured
$2,015, after which thpy escaped on
horses that had been tied near the
bank. The robbers rode south from
Kaw City and then traveled eastward
About 2:15 in the afternoon the
three robbers entered the Farmers Na-
tional bank and immediately com-
manded the two bank officers to hold
up their handB. In the bank at the
time w'ere John Hoeter, president, and
A. W. Sandertfca\.j»sistant cashier.
One of the rolii-,. ^ c tall man, wore
a handkerchief ovet his mouth; the
other two, heavy set men, making no
attempt to conceal their faces. With-
out circumlocution the three robbers
pointed rifles at the two bank officials
and compelled them to gather up the
money in the bank, which one of the
robbers placed in a sack. One of the
robbers then ordered the two bank of-
ficials to enter the vault after which
the heavy door was closed.
President Hoefer and the assistant
cashier succeeded in opening the vault
door from the inside before the rob-
bers had gone more than two blocks
from the bank.
TWO PATIENTS BURN TO DEATH
Incendiaries Caused the Recent Fire
Oklahoma City—Cooped in by smoke
and flames on every side, two inmates
of the ill-fated state asylum for tke
insane at Fort Supply were burned to
death in the disastrous fire that en-
tirely consumed ward No. 1, of the
institution, according to the official
report of the state board of affairs.
Fire bugs, and not Inmates as was at
first supposed, started the blaze that
claimed the two lives and razed the
separate structure known as ward No.
1, officials now are certain. An Inves-
tigation, that is expected to be fol-
lowed by arrests, is being pushed by
Woodward county authorities.
Although the horribly burned bod-
ies of the two fire victims were taken
from Ihe mass of debris by searchers,
soon after Ihe ashes had cooled suf-
ficient to permit a search, news of the
disaster was not disclosed pending of-
ficial inquiry by A. N. Wilcox, a mem-
ber of the board of affairs.
The investigation made by Mr. Wil-
cox and county officers completely ex-
onerated officials and employes at the
asylum of all blame for the fire, ac-
cording to Mr. Wilcox’s report. Guards
worked with herolfcra, several being
severely injured, in a vain effort to
remove all occupants of the furiously
blazing building after the fire was dis-
covered, Mr. Wilcox said.
The two whbs/> lives were claimed
by the flnmeB were Cecil Holford, 21,
of Washita county, and John Lemon,
30, of El Rene. Both were known as
“lopers,” having escaped two or three
times. Holf( rd had been released
from the asylum once, after a long
Rtay, when II was thought his mind
was rostore.l, but was committed after
again beecAtlng unmanageable. Both
were known ns extremely violent pa-
tients. They were burled quietly at
Fort Smith.—W. R. Cunningham of
Weletnka, Okla., serving a term of
three years In the Arkansas peniten-
tiary as n result of tlie failure of the
Rank of Midland, of which lie was
president, wns pardoned by Governor
Hnys. lie hnd served six months.
Ills brother. 1. II. Cunningham, also of
Weieetkn, cashier of the hank, was
convicted a few months ago, and sen-
tenced to serve three yenrs. His case
Is pending on appeal before the su-
PLANNIHO FOR GREAT WHEAT CROP
Labor Commissioner Ashton Touring
The Grain Counties.
Oklahoma City.—Working out a
systematic plan for handling of the
handling of the great wheat harvest
expected in Oklahoma this year will
be started by Labor Commissioner
W. G. Ashton, April 12. On that day
the commissioner will start on a tour
of all the rioh wheat counties of the
northwestern part of the state, going
first to Enid, Garfield county.. Har-
vesting wheat will be commenced
June 1 in the southern part of th«
State and will not be finished in the
north uptil the last of that month.
Commissioner Ashton intends on his
preliminary trip through the counties
to get in direct touch with every
wheat farmer and request that he fur-
nish the Btate labor department with
information showing the number of
field hands he will need to handle his
crop. When he gets over the whole
state Ashton will know approximately
how many men will he needed here.
Thirteen thousand were employed in
the wheat harvest in Oklahoma last
The increase In the 1913 acreage of
wheat over that of 1914 will be at
least 40 per cent, according to the
crop report issued by the board of
agriculture of February 25. The crop
of 1914 was the largest in the history
of the state, and conditions of the
crop at this time, together with the
increase in acreage, portends a new
record for the coming season.
The increase in wheat acreage
about represents the decrease in cot-
ton acreage, as much of the hereto-
fore cotton territory has been planted
to wheat instead of cotton. Damage to
wheat so far is given as only about
6 per cent, while that to oats is 7
A BIG TIME FOR THE MASONS
Bodies Will Celebrate Twenty-Fifth.
Anniversary at Oklahoma City.
Five Masonic orders will meet Iff
Oklahoma City April 20 to 24 in cel-
ebration of the quarter-centennial an*
niversary of the grand chapter of
Royal Arch Masons of Oklahoma. The
annual convocation of the Royal Arch
Masons will be opened at 10 a. m„
April 20, and the closing part of th®
Masonic program will be a ceremonial
session of India temple. A. A. O. N*
The meetiffgs to be held here during
the week of April 20 to 24 are: annual
convocation of the grand chapter of
Royal Arch Masons; annual conven-
tion of the Order of High Priesthood;
annual assembly of the Grand coun-
cil, royal and select master; annual
conclave of the grand commandery
Knights Templar; ceremonial session
India temple A. A. O. N. M. S.
NO PAROLE FOR CONVICT PLUM
But Former Mayor of Anadarko is
Out on Leave of Absence.
Anadarko.—With a leave of absence
extending until April 20, William M»
Plum, one time mayor of this city,
now serving a sentence in the peni-
tentiary, is here helping to straighten
out some of the entanglements occa-
sioned by ills peculations during the.
time he conducted a farm loan busi-
ness here. Misappropriation of funds
entrusted to him while he was in the
business is what caused his downfall.
Leaving here then he traveled over
much of the country outside of the
United States, but his conscience be-
gan to work on him and he came back
Hnd faced his trouble and took a sen-
tence In Ihe prison.
An nttempt was made recently to
secure n parole for Plum, but this was
unsuccessful. The leave of absence
was granted thnt lie might return here
to assist In adjusting some business
Blatters of which only he knew the
Women’e College la Growing,
Oklahoma City--President O, W.
Austin of tho Oklahoma College for
Women, located at Chickasha, was o,
recent visitor »o the city and at the
office of. State Superintendent Wilson,
In sponklng of tho work being done
by the Institution of which he Is pres-
ident, Mr. Austin said that while hut
little publicity lind been given the
school or (lie work being done, if, was
one of the most successful Institu-
tions In tho State and lit present has
nn enrollment of 305. This is un In-
crease of HI over last year
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